Law enforcement, volunteers keep watchful eye on open space

Updated: 04/20/2014 6:44 PM | Created: 04/20/2014 6:38 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There are families at every picnic spot at the Elena Gallegos Open Space.

But there are a few things they are not allowed to bring with them out to the area.

Liz Wilson and her three kids are some of the many people spending their Easter in the foothills.

“It’s just a beautiful experience now being out here in nature with our family, just enjoying our time together,” Wilson said.

But law enforcement is keeping a watchful eye.

In these conditions, they are strictly enforcing barbecue pits—making sure they are completely put out after use and that flames do not get too high.

Another concern, especially on Easter is fake grass.

It is popular in children’s Easter baskets, but deadly if wild animals ingest it.

“As far as Easter is concerned, we don’t want nonnative stuff that’s gonna be non- biodegradable, that’s gonna be littering the landscape,” open space volunteer Rhett Zyla said.

Zyla says this year everyone seems to be following the rules.

“It's more about education it not about being police,” Zyla said. “If anyone has questions about the open space we are there to help them out as well.”

Liz says she is grateful that open space officers and volunteers are out here to make sure everyone is playing safe. 

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